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severing the servers are major firms and government for making moves to get their data beyond the reach of the n.s.a. turning to localise connections to ensure greater privacy. washington wrangling to secure a budget busting deal gives the world economy on edge with little sign of a conclusion just two days before it could cause a catastrophic default. and the tension in moscow last thousands of muslims mark one of islamism a holy days in the shadow of sunday's violent and undressed in the capital. line from moscow this is large you with me to one more day to our top story this
hour. foreign governments and businesses affected by the n.s.a. surveillance that edward snowden revealed taking decisive steps to prevent future spying i presume is creating an encrypted e-mail service to shield official communications from u.s. snooping and germany's biggest health comes from its planning to switch to exclusively domestic connections to protect their users private data the details from our correspondent in berlin peter oliver. here inside one of the main offices of germany's largest telecommunications operates and they are coming up with a plan that they hope will protect their customers information from the prying eyes of security services telecom has announced that they will only be using german servers for all communications inside germany in the future this is something they have said perhaps they would like to roll out to across europe but for now it's only going to be here in germany that information e-mails and phone calls and text
messages will only travel on german service now this comes out following the revelations of just how much germany was spied on as part of the by the n.s.a. and british secret service is all of this coming out from the the leaks that edward snowden revealed to to various media outlets in fact just to sum up how much germany was spied on one leak that was revealed in big old news magazine in june of this year showed it's around a billion e-mails phone calls and text messages were intercepted in germany in the for each month the announcement by the telecoms actually probably prompted all the major operators to say that they want to follow suit vodafone among them as well. telefonica said they would also try to roll this out for their customers however there are some that are skeptical of whether it could work due to the the nature of
the modern communications however telecom is saying that they're determined to protect their customers information from the prying eyes of the spy use. another way for businesses to ensure confidentiality is to move away from the dot com domain one coal company doing so is a major malaysian investment for him his chief explained to alessio sheff ski about why he now all data through a dot ru domain. we hear. from prove we the world got from mr snowden that certain organizations in the west are listening into medical records of their own citizens and the e-mail traffic of g. mail yahoo hotmail i do believe it's time to say goodbye to dot com and has an excellent service that safe if i have a sort of hits which i pay for all i want is good customer service i want safety of my network or my server i can probe it for this reality congress over
to lucian it's time to wake up chris keep there his company provides encrypted internet services is another entrepreneur he's moved all the firms state into another country he told us earlier how washington's a pretty sure security only fuels users demands for more privacy really what's happening here is that they have a different strategy instead of targeting the people who they know or suspect of being terrorists are crossing bad things there they're expecting everyone to be a terrorist and that of course is not true so really what we're doing is we're offering a service that allows people to to find the truth i mean really what's happening is people can't they're getting their emails blocked they're getting things censored and this is a way to get through that get around it and you know most ninety nine point nine percent of the usage on a service like ours is going to be i'd say substantially it's going to be innocent usage so should you shut down ninety nine point nine percent of the world just
because point one percent are bad people i don't think so we're actually getting calls from friends of mine who run businesses that store data for large multinational companies consumers are demanding this this is what's driving it's not about just me thinking it's a good idea for marketing or that we're going to find all the fringe paranoid people everybody wants privacy for their data. and the latest revelations which we reported on on our website are the n.s.a. is apparently collecting hundreds of millions of e-mails and instant message contacts from users address books plus check with us on twitter for instant updates on the constantly unfolding surveillance scandal. and i would think that you're. on the result but. i.
am. the united states is only two days away from financial collapse on mass lawmakers can strike a budget deal to avoid default rival democrats and republicans have been stuck in a loop for over two weeks with my government were crippled and they sent our reports on the deadlock that could spark a domino effect around the world. this self-inflicted shutdown is causing panic around the world as washington scrambles to avoid default the global economy is at risk of being thrust back into recession while at home millions will have to cut their losses either way deal or no deal businesses that were unable to work at full capacity for public sector contracts which will see delays in payment and unemployment which is already on the rise due to the shutdown but possibly the most
ironic thing about this government shutdown now in its third week is that it's not saving money it's costing america at least one hundred sixty million dollars a day and given the crisis has entered its fifteenth day the overall cost could be as much as two and a half billion dollars and that number of course is expected to grow and the political debate is hampering a rise in the debt ceiling but also leaving sick americans out in the cold for each week of the shutdown hundreds of patients cannot be accepted for treatment at the national institutes of health including cancer patients seventy five percent of the staff is not working because of the shutdown and it's the patients in need of medical treatment that are suffering veterans are outraged at the closing of public parks and war monuments due to this shutdown the government has run out of cash to pay some eight hundred thousand federal workers during the deadlock over the weekend thousands came out in d.c.
and stormed barricades at a world war two memorial calling for the government to stop using veterans as political pawns in this battle for the budget while another group of retired military personnel are set to protest here in washington d.c. this week again starting their rally at that war memorial the department of veterans affairs is seeing the backlog of disability disability claims grow along with the frustration and uncertainty among the military community also prominent faith leaders are set to join locked out workers at republican offices to pray. in march for an end to the shutdown they're expected to call attention to each representative stance on the debt ceiling encouraging them to vote to end this standoff so as the shutdown continues we are seeing more and more protests in the capital and more people in different groups demanding the government do their job and get a budget passed. the last thing shut down may be frightening for americans but it's
the looming default that the rest of the world is scared off and here's why the sixteen point eight trillion dollars in securities held by investors would go to waste undermining trust in the greenback now banks would face tremendous losses and cash would once again become scars for businesses around the world they'd have to let people go boosting the unemployment rate a problem that's already threatening the paralyze the eurozone which has its own debt to service of more than fifteen trillion dollars causing that domino effect now live with us all right now is economist and paul british treasury official daniel mackinnon who joins us live good to have you with us here on r.t. just how bad would this default be. well i think it could have quite considerable negative implications if we do consider technical default remember that it is a technical default america being a sovereign country can print its own money and issues its own debt so the idea of
america going bankrupt is incorrect but a technical default can happen if america misses payments bondholders and if that happens then you could easily see the rating agencies downgrading america's credit not has lots of ripple effects lots of knock on effects in terms of banks you've got exposure to us treasuries to money market funds mutual funds and they could be very seriously over and above the loss of confidence i think the technical people have would have in the international investment community. now time and japan hold more than two trillion dollars in u.s. treasuries are why investors still choosing america over any other country to still invest in the. well it's quite straightforward the u.s.
treasury market the government bond market is the biggest in the world it's the most liquid and therefore it's quite considerable just purely because of that for international investors however i think that the one of the key problems that american policymakers face is that this ongoing fiscal dysfunction and periodic fiscal crises you'll recall that we were down this road back in two thousand and eleven when america was stripped of its aaa status by standard and poor's and then we had the fiscal cliff at the end of two thousand and twelve it was a real risk of america falling back into economic recession and here we go again with the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis and i. think these periodic crises undermine confidence in us foreign policy that undermine confidence in the u.s. dollar as the world's leading was seen and if this continues if this dysfunction continues then over time internationally investors will be looking for
a reform of the international monetary system and they'll be challenging the role of the dollar the leading reserve. i mean that's still certainly doesn't so why i mean investors are still investing in the currency even though like you've mentioned twenty levon twenty twelve it seems that the dollar has been quite unstable hence this new call by the chinese saying that the world needs to be looking at the dia americanization of what's happening how do you see that happening is that a viable solution to what's happening right now economically worldwide. well i want to show what they mean by the american eyes ation but certainly from a financial economic point of view i think that all this uncertainty that is being created by our fiscal policy in the risk that it could in a worst case scenario push for america back into recession which would have negative consequences for the global economy it's on when the recovery is very
hesitant very uneven question lots about sustainability this is really the last thing that we need i think that the american eyes ation. certainly from my perspective would mean that a gradual ongoing loss of confidence in the u.s. dollar is the leading reserve currency ongoing loss of confidence in u.s. economic policy which would hasten diversification away from foreign investment in us that it's not would make it much more difficult for the american government to fund its deficit it's previously and still does rely on foreign investment which is why china and japan. america's main foreign creditors and the countries that have the largest holdings foreign holdings of u.s. treasuries that's why they're concerned and that's why china and japan have been urging america to bring about early resolution of this problem if they don't
then you know i think over the longer. the dollar will decline and its importance will move towards a multipolar currency system of the currencies will take on board more importance not i think it's going to happen anyway at the global economy is changing there's a shift in the center of gravity from west to east so-called emerging markets economies which i think actually is the wrong but developing developed economies whatever you want to call them are actually already incredibly important for the global economy. will continue to do so over the longer term so these changes that are taking place could easily be accelerated by the problems that we're seeing in america the most economist and former u.k. treasury official neil mckenna thank you very much for your thoughts on the american standstill at capitol hill. now reducing reliance on the u.s.
dollar has been discussed ever since the credit crunch struck back in two thousand and eight did this all on the cause or report us s. is china's aspirations five years on. keeping this is an acrostic ridicule on washington the news agency called the u.s. civilian slayer prisoner torture and meddler and others affairs and said the pax americana was a failure on all fronts well i mean china should walk the walk instead of just talking the talk so kicked out mcdonald's kicked out kentucky fried chicken kicked out coca-cola they're making your citizens obese and you're getting diabetes so you know they talk the talk but will try to walk the walk simultaneously when they say they want to deal merican eyes the world here's a here's a country that has huge exposure to exports to america is the basis for their merc until this rise of the twenty first century why would they be cutting the nose off to spite their face unless they're ready to come out and say we've got enough gold at this time to cut the dollar loose.
coming up here on our t.v. our correspondent reports on how easy it is being mugged in moscow also the challenges ahead in destroying syria's chemical weapons. report and a chemical weapons watchdog which says inspectors are struggling to access rebel controlled areas. putting a price on sunshine desperate for cash and spain's planning to tax dollar energy after the break we report on how that could cost a cloud over europe's renewable energy target. well. it's technology innovation all the least of elements from around russia we've got the future covered. there's the media leave us so we leave
this is our team line from last year with me tom would say there are security concerns in moscow with thousands of muslims like gathering for one of islam the most holy days each marks the end of hodge which is the annual pilgrimage to the city of mecca here in russia it's also known as cuban byron but it comes in the wake of sunday's massive ethnic protests in the capital artist damages you can have small. guy at a how is the day being mocked to say flaw. well terbium setting of moscow's main mosque right behind me thousands of muslims began the celebration of this holiday with a prayer here. literally means the feast of the sec are five that commemorates abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son ishmael to show his face to allah on this day muslims kill a sheep or go to and give them each to the poor and shared among family and neighbors as you can imagine many did not like the sight of animals being killed in
their backyard so moscow's sorties have designated special locations farms where muslims could practice the ritual of a second feis russia is home to around twenty million muslims so a huge muslim community here the celebrations comes days after the riots in moscow's booted over district hundreds of people there took to the streets to express their outrage. over the killing of a young man hugo showed up all as well as dispersed their attitude towards migrants in general make calls have occurred at a local shopping center and at a storage facility police have identified the suspect in your course of murder it's a thirty one year old citizen of us or by john he allegedly stabbed you bored to death in front of his girlfriend a c.c.t.v. camera captured his face the suspect is now at large the residents were outraged by a by the murder but along with the residents in a nationalistic group says some of them radical have also picked up on the tragedy
and riots began more than twenty people were injured and sent us on sunday night a bit over at least eight of them in law enforcement but ethnic tensions are still brewing in the city just tonight we learned that a group of young men attacked a random as are by johnny cafe they broke the windows and the door no luck luckily no one was injured there and then in a separate incident in moscow we heard a group of men from central asia attack someone's car many fear there will be a series of mass nuclear motivated crimes russia is not immune to hate crimes especially with tensions or religulous gratian and other issues so you can imagine in the wake of the riots security has been very tight in moscow i could see it here at the mosque the city deployed police forces four thousand people to make sure that the celebrations are peaceful and safe for the public. writer ganesh as you can they giving us an update on what is happening on others the celebrations there
in moscow and i must say. right head to our web site to find out more about the violent clashes in moscow r.t. dot com have a timeline of what happened over the weekend you can also check the invision section for dramatic pictures from the white. but rebel peace prize winning group in charge of destroying syria's chemical arsenals damascus officials are cooperating and giving them access to what ever they want to see the same can't be said about a being followed allowed into some rebel held territory say the head of the
organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons or says the inspectors are being held back by ongoing fighting and has renewed calls for all sides to cooperate we know while a car bomb in of the northwest has killed at least twenty seven people a powerful blast came a day after twin cumbersome struck the syrian capital the same day six red cross workers and a volunteer web ducted by gunmen four have since been released but the others remain intact the international effort in syria is being further complicated by the largest opposition groups refusal to take part in the geneva peace talks scheduled for november middle east conflict analyst i'm only in for believe the opposition will not negotiate this time just like. they've not come to the talks in june which was scheduled for june this year that they don't have leadership they don't have a coherent strategy and they did not enjoy any popularity among the civilians
or the syrians within syria so. secretary kerry can get anyone from the syrian national council to attend because they haven't been able to thus far and they're not the americans have not been the honest broker in the whole process so i doubt that the talks will be held in november as a result. online we're asking for your thoughts on our warding the nobel peace prize to the chemical watchdog toss with destroying that country's toxic on see is what you've been saying so far thirty seven percent of you believe it's no surprise given that president obama got one almost the same number think the nobel committee actually meant to give it to president putin but came up with a way not to do so about a fifth of you think the committee have betrayed the nominees were defending human
rights and only a small number of people believe this was a right thing to do had to r.t. dot com to cost your vote while you're on the web side to see how bad it is for the tightening the screws on antigovernment dissent. are in motion section has dramatic video of a police crackdown which saw equality demonstrators tear gassed while trying to get their voices heard. last we've got the story of an authorial somali pirate leader who was captured after calling for a trick by county belgian forces. the number of people living in extreme poverty in spain is growing rapidly according to a report from charity groups there are wrong no three million spaniards that's around seven percent of the population have to survive on around three hundred euros a month with prices jumping up every year that's as the number of families or way
where everyone is unemployed has increased almost five fold or reaching up to one point eight million households and soon austerity will affect something that has been free and available to everyone since the dawn of time the sun now madrid is planning to tax it to help plug its yawning energy debt as artie's for its reports. there's an argument hotting up in spain right now the country still mired in financial difficulty the government's come up with a rather unusual proposal calling for attacks on solar energy with some spanish cities enjoying an average of three thousand hours of sun each year the nation's been one of the leading providers of solar energy the trouble is they're pretty thing so much of the production capacity now exceeds the market by sixty percent and that's when the government found itself in that produces to the cina twenty six
billion euro so in a bid to scale back the uses solar panels the government decided to attack those who use the you know their way of tackling the very behavior they spent the last decade trying to encourage critics of the proposal say this damage claims progress towards meeting european renewable energy goals and could set a dangerous precedent for other struggling e.u. countries like greece who are remiss to be contemplating a similar tax planes energy regulator agrees and has called the proposed toll economically viable and discriminatory they've been most blindsided by the idea of people like pedro he invested his money in installing a solar panel in his home. says they're making it cheaper to buy your energy from the big companies rather than use the power from your panels the government target is that the tax is fair and those using solar energy still require the use of the
conventional energy grids and say this tax will contribute to the cost of maintenance but the solar lobby say the new tax will extend the time it takes for solar panels to pay for themselves from eight to twenty five years as the fine that could be levied if people like don't pay up well that's being set at a mind boggling thirty million euro i already know people who are removing the. protesters say that's simply to scare people into submission but as to whether it's working for perjury. you're going to pay the tax. no. the laws against your rights you have the right to refuse to do with the government tells you i'm going to continue with solar and i'm not going to be a tax with such strong resistance across the sunny state spain's government may
have a fight on its hands and could be left wondering if the proposed tax is such a bright idea after all so r.t. . coming up as promised next. switzerland will soon vote if they should start giving out thousands of dollars in cash to every adult citizen in the country you heard me right there's a grassroots campaign is trying to get the government to give out to every adult says in two thousand five hundred swiss francs approximately two thousand eight hundred dollars per month the motivation for the project is that many in switzerland fear that the financial crisis has caused wealth inequality to skyrocket you know i'm not an expert at swiss culture so maybe people there are different but if they gave out thousands of free dollars per month anywhere i've
lived you would see the majority of people going into early retirement and not working at all and sort of like how they tell people not to feed the bears at parks because then the bears lose their instincts and will go hunt because getting a sandwich thrown at them is a lot easier i mean why go through the effort of auditing when the sandwich just magically appears handouts often creates law according to reuters some people are proposing a much better law for switzerland limiting executive pay to being twelve times higher than that of the lowest paid employee although this point isn't making headlines it seems like a much better idea because it doesn't to motivate people to be productive and yet it would create almost utopia like levels of wealthy quality also if the bosses salary is tied to the employees that a lot of people be getting raises very soon this one to twelve p. ratio is much better than the free swiss francs and it gets my seal of approval but that's just my opinion.